Tuesday, May 1, 2012

My Florida Study, the final chapter

When I first bought my home in Florida, I was pretty excited about the tropical vibe, and got a little carried away when buying my fake flowers.
Over the years, I've been weeding out the overly colorful and replacing them with varying kinds of white blossoms.

I've always been a sucker for a bouquet of solid white flowers, but it took me a while to translate that into my fake bouquets.

That brings us back to my study.......
Since I've been telling you guys about this room, I reappraised it with a more critical eye, and saw some things that needed tweaking that I had become blind to.
(Oh, no, I ended that sentence in a preposition, and I'm too lazy to fix it. This is a blog, after all, not a @#$ literary masterpiece.)

This is what I had.....

Vibrant, colorful, bordering on tacky!!!!!
Here's a closer shot!!!!

So, I headed over to Micheals last week, and got me some white fake flowers!!!!

Then, while I was standing back, and admiring how brilliant I was, I thought.....
"Betsy....why not hang your new tray from ebay over the whole megillah?"
So I did!!!!!

I really like the way the white blossoms in the tray are reflected by my white fake flowers!!!!

The tin globes are my collection of vintage worlds from ebay of course.
If I had more shelf space, I would really go crazy with this grouping.
I don't know what it is about them, but they really appeal to me. 

The blue vase is a piece of McCoy pottery, it's a shape that I find extremely pleasing.....

At least I think it's McCoy.....
My memory isn't what it used to be.

One of you guys commented on how you liked my vintage shelf.
The shelving 
vintage, but sold by Palecek. 

That's just an FYI.

So, by a little tweaking, I created a corner of my study more to my liking, and it's all because of this blog.
If I hadn't been writing about this room, I wouldn't have noticed how garish those flowers were, and I wouldn't have had to 

Because I purchase items with no idea how I will use them.....
I reinvent their function.

This is was a planter.
Presto chango!!!!
Now it's a pencil cup!!!!!

I bought the lamp from a local store, but found the shade on ebay.
It's one of my favorite items.
It's a fiberglass shade from the 1950's


When I was at Michaels purchasing my fake flowers.....
I bought more than I needed for the blue vase.....
I always buy more than I need, figuring I will return what I don't use.
There are few things worse than working on a floral arrangement and not having enough stuff!!!!!
(OK, that was a gross exaggeration, there are a lot of things that are much worse.)
(My Tivo not recording the finale of the Bachelor.)
(I am such a highbrow)

I had extra flowers and decided to rework the arrangement on the decoupaged table.
 changed it to this
It was this.....             

The old picture looks betters than after I changed it.
what the @#$????
I'm supposed to be a fabulous decorator????!!!!!

On that note, let me share one more photo I keep on my desk.
It's of me when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade (I think), I'm going by the pants I'm wearing in the shot.
They were green cotton twill, I would have worn them every day if I could have. 
Somethings never change.

I was a ham then.....
I'm a ham now.....
and I still love elastic waste bands!!!!!

Later Gator


Amy Chalmers said...

Oh thanks, you had me laughing today~and I really needed a good guffaw! First it was the before and after and the comment that the before actually looked better (ahhahaha so funny when you said about being such a great decorator) and then the green pants with the elastic band waist...that picture is so cute and sooo you~ah, that was a good post.

Connie @ Sensible-Redesign said...

You are such a hoot! I love reading your blog. The part about the grammar yeah I get that. You can probably tell right?
Love the white flowers.

Olive said...

You are a ham with splendid globes, wall art and cool blog conversation. I cannot do faux flowers but you make them look fine.

Diane said...

Always a happy event to read your blog. What fun you must have in your "real" life!! Love what you are doing with the place!!

At The Picket Fence said...

God bless elastic waistbands! LOL! I absolutely love this room Betsy and every time I see another one of your fun and cheerful spaces it puts a smile on my face. Well, that and your hilarious commentary! :-)

Robin said...

The white flowers really work better in the room and compliment that great fabric you used on your chair and window. Does the fabric have monkeys on it too? I love when it does. Still enjoying your Flordia decorating...keep it coming!

Robin Flies South

Nita Stacy said...

Love the white flowers so much. They really tie everything together and look real. I too love that bamboo shelf. I love it that you always do vintage Florida in your Florida houses. I would so do that if I lived in Florida. My best friend lived in Tampa for awhile and she hated all tropical and wanted her house to NOT reflect Florida at all when inside. I always thought it a shame...that she should embrace the tropics while she was there. She knew she would only be there for a few years. I totally would have gone all Florida souvenirs and such....but then those things wouldn't have worked in her Memphis home where she lives now. So perhaps she was the smarter one. Hmmmmm...I think probably so.

Bette Jo said...

That corner looks perfect now Betsy. The white flowers made a big difference. I look forward to your posts, you always make me laugh.

Connie@Connie Nikiforoff Designs said...

Betsy you are such a card :-) And you do love your "stuff" dontcha :-) I read your blog as much for your humor as your decorating ideas.

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

The white flowers look fabulous! Looks like you were quite a character when you were a child; some things never change.

JoAnn said...

Another "hoot", you are something else. I love reading your blogs. And yes, you are a great designer, but I do agree with you on the 2nd flower arrangement I like the before better too. lol...maybe your talent is rubbing off on me, Ha..I wish..I wear elastic pants too..lol

Shingle Cottage said...

I love reading 'Betsy Banter' you are so funny!
I love faux flowers in the right place and have them in my home,your office corner looks fabulous and the pencil holder is too cute,i like how you tie things in the room together.
That picture is just how i imagine you to be posed when you write i stood back thinking what a fabulous designer i am,love your blog Betsy x

Anonymous said...

Love The pics but I show up for the humor, please consider writing a book/memoir ;)

Anonymous said...

It's all cute!!! I love the commentary the best...and the elastic britches :^)
I went to a huge sale the other day and missed all of the things that I went to look for....what did I see you ask????????
all of the Florida type kitsch and tropical stuph!!
You have ruined me!!!
and I don't have a tropical THING in my house!!
I'm sure enjoying your blog though!

Bonnie Schulte said...

The picture of you is adorable. As my Mom used to say,(cuter than a bug's ear)

mom said...

I can't wait until you get back east, that is strange and wonderful country to a born and bred So. Californian. Your Floridian Funk is fun but I am just itching to see the great stuff you will do in the Eastern outback.

I have recently "re done" my living room and it is not pleasing to me, I am a pretty cocky old lady and have huge dec. balls this is my second mistake in a year.............senility??? I have great arguments with you. You would terrify me in person but I hold my own when you are across the country. The thing is you are funny and love dogs...............and can upholster, you are an awesome woman!!!!

Donna D said...

So funny and it looks terrific! Love the white cockatoos!

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